Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society’s print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 18,000 historical fiction books. Become a member to get exclusive early access to our latest reviews too!
Browse our magazines
Submit your novel for review
Our features are original articles from our print magazines (these will say where they were originally published) or original articles commissioned for this site. If you would like to contribute an article for the magazine and/or site, please contact us.
Our worldwide membership loves to meet up. Many travel thousands of miles to do so. Discover more about our conferences, local chapters and more.
Our online member directory allows visitors to view members’ profiles, their latest website/blog posts and links to their Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads accounts. It is also where our staff first look for news and features for the site.
HNS Awards have helped discover and launch the author careers of Michel Faber, Ruth Downie, Hilary Green, Martin Sutton, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Nikki Marmery, Margaret Skea, Warwick Cairns, Katherine Mezzacappa and Elizabeth Macneal. Our ARA and Saudi awards are amongst the most generous of all literary prizes.
By Namwali Serpell -
Some novels are almost impossible to summarize in a few paragraphs, and this is one of them. After a conventional opening chapter, the ...Read Review
By John Boyne -
In a small parish in West Cork in 1945, Catherine Goggin, aged just 16, is pregnant and unmarried and with the intolerance and bigotry of ...Read Review
By Aislinn Hunter -
When fifteen-year-old Jane Standen was minding a youngster named Lily near a broken-down Victorian asylum in the North of England, she lost her ...Read Review
By Sara Taylor -
The Shore is a collection of barrier islands set in the Chesapeake Bay, and also a collection of various stories about the people ...Read Review
By Hermione Eyre -
Published 2014Published 2014-03-13Published 2015Published WSP15
The observant reader will immediately deduce that there is something a little unusual about this novel set in 17th-century England if he or ...Read Review
By Cynthia Bond -
Published 2014Published 2014-04-29
Ruby is a story of great pain – but also hope and possibility – set in Liberty, a small East Texas town. Ruby Bell, in 1974, ...Read Review
By Andrew Lewis Conn -
Published 2014Published 2014-06-10
Micah and Izzy Grand are the stars of silent films in the year 1928. The descendants of Jewish immigrants, they are self-made men; Micah ...Read Review
By Vincent Lam -
Percival Chen is the Chinese headmaster of an English-language school in Cholon, Vietnam, in the 1960s; he has run the school for years ...Read Review
By Anouk Markovits -
In Anouk Markovits’s outstanding novel, the title words could apply to many scenarios within its pages: cultures, relationships, and expectations all provide ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
About our reviews and reviewers
Submit a Book for Review